Andrew Nette

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan ★★☆

Andrew Nette
02 August 2019

Australia has not made many war films, let alone films about the conflict in Vietnam. Not counting More

Suspiria ★★★1/2

Andrew Nette
05 November 2018

There is a sense of tension and anticipation around any film remake, especially when the original is well known and received. So is the case with Luca Guadagnino’s version of his c More

Goldstone ★★★1/2

Andrew Nette
04 July 2016

Afilm sequel is always a risky venture, and thus it is with Goldstone, Ivan Sen's follow-up to his 2013 outback crime drama, Mystery Road. But it is just one ri More

Scorsese (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)

Andrew Nette
27 May 2016

Scorsese, currently showing at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, is not exactly the exhibition that is advertised, and that is a very good thing. Martin Sco More

Andrew Nette reviews 'Fear Is the Rider' by Kenneth Cook

Andrew Nette
24 February 2016

There is something alluring about the publication of a lost or unknown literary manuscript. How will it fit into the author's body of work? Is it inferior to or better than the published work? Does it illuminate a hitherto unknown aspect of the author's thinking, or make you re-examine the known sequencing or themes? These questions were on my mind as I read Fea ... More


Andrew Nette
09 November 2015

It has been intriguing to watch the culture war surrounding the James Bond franchise. Slowly mobilising for a while now, the lead-up to the latest instalment, Spectre, the twenty-fourth Bond film, and the second directed by Sam Mendes, has seen it kick up a notch. Is the character a misogynist? Is he too violent? Maybe the next Bond should be black – a de ... More


Andrew Nette
30 September 2015

It has been said we get the versions of Shakespeare that mirror our times. If so, it is chilling to speculate what Australian director Justin Kurzel’s take on Macbeth, the story of a loyal warrior who succumbs to the temptation to commit regicide, says about the current state of the world.

Macbeth, Shakespeare’s darkest and bloodiest tale, ... More

Andrew Nette reviews 'Before I Sleep' by Ray Whitrod

Andrew Nette
30 April 2015

The cover of Ray Whitrod’s re-released autobiography, Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption, strongly hints at a hard-hitting true crime memoir, dominated by the author’s troubled period as Queensland police commissioner from 1970 to 1976, when, as the blurb suggests, the state was ‘a haven for crooks from both sides of the law’. This ... More